Posts Tagged ‘Jews’

Bishop Dunn sends message of support after Jewish graves desecrated Comments 0

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Bishop Pat Dunn, the Catholic Bishop of Auckland, New Zealand, has expressed his disgust at the desecration of Jewish graves with anti-semitic obscenities, including Nazi swastikas, at a cemetery in Auckland. “The vandalism of Jewish graves is a despicable act and I am disgusted that any person or persons would stoop to this level of Read more

A Chag Sameach to the NZ Jewish community from NZ Catholic Bishops’ Committee Comments 0

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations has sent a Chag Sameach to the NZ Jewish community. Chag sameach means “Happy holiday” in Hebrew. Chag is the Hebrew word for holiday, sameach is the Hebrew word for happy. Chag sameach is the traditional greeting among Jews before any holiday. The message reads: Dear Jewish Read more

Playing politics with the global war on Christians Comments 0

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Most people, most of the time, are fundamentally decent. Hence if they knew that there’s a minority facing an epidemic of persecution — a staggering total of 150,000 martyrs every year, meaning 17 deaths every hour — there would almost certainly be a groundswell of moral and political outrage. There is such a minority in Read more

Circumcision ban is an affront to Jewish and Muslim identity Comments 0

Friday, July 20th, 2012

A German court has rejected identity and history in favour of a liberal concept of choice, but there’s more to right and wrong. In November 2010, a Muslim doctor in Germany carried out a circumcision on a four-year old-boy at the request of his parents. A few days later the boy started bleeding and was Read more

Rabbi and archbishop differ over same-sex marriage Comments 0

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Britain’s Chief Rabbi and the Archbishop of Canterbury have declared conflicting positions about a Government plan to legalise same-sex marriages. For the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, any attempt to redefine marriage would undermine the character of a sacred institution recognised “from time immemorial”. For the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Anglican Church is Read more

Gay marriage: Pope representatives calls for Catholic alliance with Muslim and Jewish groups Comments 0

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The Pope’s representative in Britain has urged Roman Catholic leaders to form a united front with their Muslim and Jewish counterparts to oppose gay marriage. Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, called for closer co-operation with other faiths as well as Christian denominations to put pressure on the Government over its plans to allow same-sex Read more

Jewish-Catholic commission agrees: economic crisis reflects moral crisis Comments 0

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

“Religious perspectives on the current financial crisis: vision for a just economic order” was the theme of the eleventh meeting of the Bilateral Commission of the Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, which was held in Rome from 27 to 29 March. The event was presided by Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, and by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

In an English-language joint statement issued at the end of the meeting, the two sides highlight that, “while many factors contributed to the financial crisis, at its roots lies a crisis of moral values in which the importance of having, reflected in a culture of greed, eclipsed the importance of being; and where the value of truth reflected in honesty and transparency was sorely lacking in economic activity”.

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French Jews and Muslims grapple for answers to school shootings Comments 0

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Children spilled out of Beth Hanna Jewish school under a spring sun and the watchful eyes of armed police. Leah Chicheportiche mingled with other waiting parents in this northeastern Paris neighborhood, including many men sporting the trademark black hat of Hasidic Jews.

“We’re a bit worried — even here in Paris — after the incident,” said Chicheportiche, a mother of five, keeping a watchful eye on two daughters licking ice-cream cones on Tuesday (March 20).

A day after a motorcycle gunman mowed down three children and a rabbi in the southern city of Toulouse, she added: “We hope they’ll arrest him quickly.”

As schools across France marked a moment of silence for Monday’s victims and the government notched up its terror alert for the southwestern region and increased security around religious institutions, many ordinary French are grappling for answers.

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Benedict in Germany to speak about God – understands disaffection Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

It was a busy time for Pope Benedict in Germany. Although not without some criticism and protest, Pope Benedict has received an exuberant welcome from his fellow countrymen. In his opening address the Pope said, “I have not come here primarily to pursue particular political or economic goals, as other statesmen rightly do,” he said, Read more

Fr Ottavio Posta honoured as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ Comments 1

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Fr Ottavio Posta

Father Ottavio Posta was honoured, as he was given posthumously the title of Righteous Among the Nations. Father Ottavio Posta saved 30 Jews who had been prisoners in the castle on Isola Maggiore, an island on Lake Trasimeno, in central Italy. Doctor Isabella Farinelli discovered a number of documents in which Jews who escaped deportation Read more